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The Mayor Of Trumpville Needs Serenity Now

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump conducts a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

“I’ve had a flawless campaign. You’ll be writing books about this campaign.”

So said Donald Trump to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos a little over two weeks ago. The latter statement is undeniable. There may be more people wanting to write books on Trump than people wanting to read books on Trump.

I could have that wrong, however. I may be selling the American public short.

Take a look at the summaries of the top three books on The New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller list as of this Sunday: 1) “A former Secret Service officer claims to have witnessed scandalous behavior by the Clintons.” 2) “The conservative author and pundit warns of disaster if Hillary Clinton is elected president.” 3) “The political strategist offers a game plan for how to defeat Hillary Clinton.”

So the bar for making the best-seller list seems to have been set rather low — like, 6 inches off the ground low.

That leaves us with Trump’s first assertion: that his campaign has been “flawless.”

As Trump was making this statement, he was in possession of internal polling showing that a troubling number of voters described him in two words: “unqualified” and “racist.”

“Flawless” did not make the list. “Pathological liar” may make the next one.

On Monday, Trump said he wants a new standard for allowing immigrants to enter the United States. Reading carefully from a teleprompter (the better to look “flawless”), Trump said: “We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people. … The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. I call it ‘extreme vetting.'”

To Trump’s dismay, however, he has discovered that our system of democracy has already developed a system of “extreme vetting” when it comes to presidential politics. It is a long, torturous, draining process. It is called “campaigning.”

Trump thought he could run for president on his own terms. He would give speeches at big rallies, take part in debates where he could be as outrageous as he wanted to be and then get on his Trump plane, eat a Trump steak and go back to his penthouse in Trump Tower and sleep on Trump sheets (probably made in China).

The press would serve as a team of traveling stenographers, taking down his every word and presenting it to the public without context, analysis or any judgment as to whether he was speaking the truth, fibbing a little, making an honest mistake or lying through his teeth.

It hasn’t turned out that way. Trump has found that presidential campaigning is a bigger and more complicated system than he ever imagined. It is grinding him up and spitting him out. And he has nobody to blame but himself.

Back in 2008, when Hillary Clinton first ran for president, her small, insular, passionately devoted inner circle of aides and friends was known as “Hillaryland.”

This year, there is “Trumpville.” Though a few of his children and paid staff members are allowed to contribute a word or two here and there, Trumpville has only one real resident: Donald Trump.

And Trump thinks he is doing a “flawless” job. Trying to fool the press and public is one thing. But when you start to fool yourself, you are in real trouble.

A few days ago, The New York Times interviewed several people close to Trump who described him as often being “sullen” and “erratic.” He “broods.” He is “exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered.” He is “profoundly uncomfortable” and “disoriented.” He is “confused” and “scared.”

To steady him, Trump’s advisers have brought in two “seasoned figures” for him to sit around and schmooze with. They are supposed to bring serenity now to his campaign. They are bitter failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and bitter failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Those schmooze sessions must be a million laughs.

So looking at the Trump campaign, you find that the reviews are bad, the polls are bad and the candidate’s mood is bad. This recently led NBC News to conclude, “The good news for Trump is that it can only get better from here.”

Wrong.

When it comes to campaigning for president, pessimists say things are so terrible that they can’t get any worse.

Optimists say oh, yes, they can.

Roger Simon is Politico’s chief political columnist. His new e-book, “Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Fight for the Soul of America,” can be found on Amazon.com, BN.com and iTunes. To find out more about Roger Simon and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at www.creators.com.

Photo: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump conducts a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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22 Comments

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 18, 2016

    Anyone left who doesn’t see that Trump is undergoing a major psychological transition from what was neurotic and just being infatuated with one’s self, to that of someone fully immersed in a state of delusion and self-adoration to the point of drowning in egoism?

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    1. Jon August 18, 2016

      You’re right. It is too late for the 70 year old child. A lifetime of wealth and privilege surrounded by fawning sycophants who didn’t dare say “no” to him and lavished him with praise(people have always told me I have a good temperament —– the best temperament) is the only life the puerile Donnie has ever known. His sense of entitlement seems to know no bounds. He appears to have no conscience or sense of morality. It’s foolish to think that any professional can help the warped 70 year old child.

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      1. charleo1 August 18, 2016

        Perhaps it could be argued as an extenuating circumstance of chronic affluence syndrome? Like the Texas teen convicted of drunk driving/ vehicular homicide. Trump’s upending the Right side of the political spectrum can be explained in his privileged upbringing. Or, he’s just nuts!

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        1. jmprint August 18, 2016

          The latter makes a lot of sense.

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    2. Beethoven August 18, 2016

      Based on what I know about Trump, I can’t agree that you’re right in your analysis of his mental state. At this point, the most I can say is that I have a strong suspicion that you may be right.

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  2. AgLander August 18, 2016

    Hillary Clinton has occupied the positions of U.S. Senator and Secretary Of State. Yet, if you ask any of her ardent supporters what has been her biggest accomplishment, the response will almost always be the same……blank stare…..total silence—-crickets….and eventually a sheepish grin and something along the line of “let me get back to you on that”. Which makes the point: Hillary Clinton has no major accomplishments of record. She introduced no meaningful legislation as a senator other than adding her name to other Senator’s bills which is not an accomplishment. And few would tell you the U.S. position in the world was strong after 4 years of Clinton running the State Department. Then there are the ever present and ongoing scandals which go hand-in-hand with the Clintons over their entire careers in politics. Hillary Clinton is a lost soul, she has no identity. She can’t connect with people because she is “emotionally illiterate”…it is impossible for such a person to connect with people. In fact, take away the association of her husband’s career, and you end up with an empty vessel and the most unremarkable person in the history of American politics to offer herself as qualified to run for this country’s top office. There’s a very good reason why she scores so low in trust among the American public. She’s a congenital liar and can’t tell the truth about anything…..great or small in nature. The major lies are voluminous and well documented, but she even lied about something so insignificant as how she came to be named as “Hillary”. She claimed her mother named her after Sir Edmund Hillary to inspire her to reach great heights like the famous mountain climber. But that was a lie…..unless she is saying her mother waited until she was 6 years old to name her because Sir Edmund was an unknown in 1947 when Hillary was born and would not become known to anyone other than his family and neighbors until 1953. Lying seems to be so much a part of her compromised character that it’s part of her makeup right down to the cellular level. Hillary Clinton is unqualified to be president of the United States for many reasons…most of which are clear in her lack of any accomplishments other than being married to someone who is well known…her husband. But what totally disqualifies her is her total lack of integrity and character. All politicians tell lies at times……but what sets Hillary Clinton apart is that she tells lies about her lies which set her in a class all by herself. She is a dangerous person, probably mentally ill, and must never be allowed access to our nation’s top job.

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    1. FireBaron August 18, 2016

      Ag, maybe if you had that rectocraniotomy your doctor recommended you would see that she has accomplished more for the public good in six months than your boy, Teflon Donnie, has in 70 years.

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    2. Daniel Jones August 18, 2016

      I see the hAg-sLander is having a spastic attack again. All these lies are twitches on the keyboard.

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    3. johninPCFL August 18, 2016

      Well then it’s good that she’ll be president, if for no other reason than to add one entry to your worthless, made-up list.

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    4. Joan August 19, 2016

      I support her for the work she did for disadvantage children, opening educational opportunities denied them. I support her for her work on the Watergate Committee. I support her for her efforts to bring about healthcare reform during her husband’s presidency. I support her for her advocacy of women’s issues. I support her for her work on behalf of her constituents after 9-11. I support her in her efforts to stall Iranian Nuclear ambitions as Sect of State. I support her for the work she did on behalf of low income and disadvantaged children while First Lady of AR. I support her because she has bold plans and a progressive vision for our country. I support her because she is a pragmatists not an ideolog who is prepare to compromise to move us forward.
      I don’t support Trump because he is a fraud of a businessman, politician, husband, father and person. He is a liar, a bigot, but worse of all a truly ignorant person.
      Looking forward to Nov. Assuming that we will no longer be graced with your presence post election.

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    5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 19, 2016

      Ag, you’re a very unstable man-child, much like Drumpf. I supposed that’s why you’re full of love and adoration for Donald. Do you consider that to be normal behavior?

      You have all the earmarks of someone needing the same professional help as Donald, and both of you are totally detached from Christian values.

      Which begs the question—Are you an idol worshiper worshiping at the Golden Trump sculpture, similar to what the early Israelites worshiped during the time of Moses after He had ascended up the Mountain on the plain of Seir?

      If so, then what awaits you is a terrible retribution, in both this world and in the world to come. But ignore this at your peril, and just continue being a servile worshiper at the altar of Trump and a follower of his religion—- “Trumpianity”.

      TRUMP WORSHIP IS AN ABOMINATION, Agnes.

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  3. Dominick Vila August 18, 2016

    It is too late for the Mayor of Trumpville, and his commissioners, to pretend that the man who mocked a disabled journalist, the man who insulted women, threatened and insulted Mexicans, Muslims, veterans (McCain), and just about anyone who dared question his subliminal wisdom, is actually presidential material. That is, unless he is running for Grand Wizard.

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    1. FireBaron August 18, 2016

      Let us not forget his practically painting a target on Hillary for his “2nd Amendment People’s” use.

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  4. yabbed August 18, 2016

    Donald Trump wouldn’t know reality if it bit him on his fat backside.

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  5. Rich August 18, 2016

    I think the best way to describe the new Drumpf campaign is “The Echo Chamber.” No thought, sound, or picture can enter the inner circle that calls into question a single word or deed that comes from Drumpf. It is the triumph of sociopathic narcissism over reality, and it does not bode well for the Republican Party. The enabling of Drumpf’s campaign by not directly confronting and disowning him for his bigotry, misogyny, calls for violence, greed, and infantile attacks on anyone who tries to challenge him will cost Republicans the support of many groups of voters for a long time. Blacks voted Republican for close to 100 years because it was the Party of Lincoln. Blacks, Hispanics, women, families of disabled people, and everyone else will shun the Republican Party for years to come because it has become the Party of Drumpf.

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  6. Elliot J. Stamler August 18, 2016

    Yesterday, Aug. 17, was a sad day for me..I was unable to do something I’ve yearned to do since Trump entered the campaign. I am a born-and-bred New Yorker who lives 2 miles from his home and so like virtually everyone here I’ve despised him for decades….he is loathed by his fellow New Yorkers except those he employs or who can profit from him.
    Yesterday was another brutally hot day in our heat wave and at 7:45 p.m. I was walking past Trump Tower where the creature lives. I was across W. 56 St. from the entrance and was both achy, tired and had somewhere to go. A huge limousine – super stretched – pulled up in front. He wasn’t in it but I’m fairly sure it was his. The driver and a bodyguard of some sort emerged. There was a NYC cop and numerous security men lounging at the W. 56th St. residential entrance. Also loads of tinted-window security vans all over, doubtless from the secret service, nypd and his own battalion of security goons.
    I was wearing my Hillary button.
    I so much wanted to go across 56th St. and stand by the entrance (people were NOT prohibited from the street right there) until the creature emerged and then YELL AT HIM ONE SENTENCE OF WHAT I HOPE HAPPENS TO HIM. It wouldn’t have been nice – it would have been VERY un-nice…but hey, I have my constitutional rights and it wouldn’t have threatened him (which is illegal.)
    But, alas, it was so damn hot and I had to get somewhere and take a bus on 5th Ave. so I couldn’t wait. I’d have liked, ideally, to spit at him but I guess that might have gotten me arrested (??) by the cop standing there.
    So, anyway, I lost my golden opportunity which probably won’t recur…I could have face to face told Donald Trump exactly what I thought of him and hoped happens to him.
    Oh well, whaddya gonna do?

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    1. johninPCFL August 18, 2016

      Best that it happened that way. I wouldn’t want to read about your encounter with the secret service detail when they chose to intervene and “protect” your right to free speech.

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 18, 2016

      Don’t bother with Trump, because he’s beyond the ability to feel remorse. He’s reached the state personified by Jesus when He remarked “…let the dead bury the dead”. This quote, and a similar one making the same remark, but with a different style is attributed to Ali, the cousin of Muhammad.
      Baha’u’llah, in His Kitab-i-Iqan(I forget the page number for now), explains that what Jesus and Ali meant is that some people are so far gone that only those who suffer a similar spiritual atrophy can properly relate to and conduct the affairs of each other, and that it’s best to leave them to themselves(I’m paraphrasing—you may want to get the real okie dokie on that utterance by investigating independently the reference and not rely solely on my recollection.

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      1. Joan August 19, 2016

        Do you see where Trump claimed he felt remorse? Three things came to mind while listening:
        A) People feeling real remorse do not START out by mitigating their culpability. He fells bad, but he should’ nt feel too bad because it was in the heat of a debate or..
        B) His facial expression, that self satisfied smirk, the self congratulatory head and shoulder movements were not indicative of remorse. His face made every word of his non apology a lie.
        C) I am so glad I do not live in one of the five states Trump is going to start running ads in soon. Having to see or hear from the candidate or one of his deeply flawed spokespersons, usually both in the news everyday is very bad for my digestion and blood pressure.

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 19, 2016

          Trump feeling remorse is now out of the realm of possibility, unless Divine Intervention takes place.

          Trump has drifted into a nether-worldly zone, similar to the one which Hitler, Stalin, the KKK, Pol Pot, Bin Laden, and others of their ilk had drifted into beforehand, and never reemerging—at least not on this side of the Divide.

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  7. A. D. Reed August 18, 2016

    I’ve been wondering the past few weeks as Drumpf has been melting down and Paul Manafort has been cratering with him: what ever happened to Donnie’s most trusted top advisers — his family?

    The two dimwitted sons went off on a hunting expedition together to shoot mammals that can’t shoot back, and they haven’t been heard from since. The smarter, over-privileged daughter is on a vacation with the woman who dumped Rupert Murdoch in favor of Vladimir Putin. The son-of-a-felon son-in-law is nowhere to be seen, though he was the one who convinced Drumpster to dump Lewandowski and hire Manafort in the first place.

    Do you think the Donald has told his entire family, “You’re fired!”?

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 19, 2016

      An interesting post, A.D. I’m moved to do some extra research on what you’ve written.

      Reply

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